Thursday, May 26, 2011

Florida: I Want To Go Back Already (Part IV)

And now (almost two weeks after I started writing what was once an immensely long blogpost, and what has become what I like to call the Great Orlando Blogging Project), the time has at last come for Part IV: The Wrap-Up.

After our Universal excursion we had two final days at Walt Disney World, where we went back to each park one more time to fill in the gaps of what we didn't get around to the first few days (and to re-ride some of our favorites, of course).  We took pictures at all the entrance signs and even had a photo tour around the World Showcase, where we kept an eye out for passers-by who looked like they would be willing and able to take our picture at each country (we dubbed them "poor unsuspecting souls," which Julie very cleverly adapted to Ursula's song from The Little Mermaid).
Epcot didn't seem to have a sign outside, so we had a picture with Spaceship Earth from the back instead.
We wore ourselves out pretty well those last couple of days, but we were determined to make the most of every last minute of our trip.  I had been yearning to go back for so long, and I wanted to try to remember everything in case it's many more years since we visit there again.  I think we did pretty well at soaking it all in before we had our final goodbyes to the parks and even the shuttles.

We had a pretty uneventful last day, sleeping in, checking out of our hotel, eating at the new T-Rex restaurant at Downtown Disney (think Rainforest Cafe but with dinosaurs, and also amazingly even more overpriced--we made it work for not too much by sharing a hearty appetizer sampler and a big salad), and catching a pretty late flight home.  It was a pretty relaxing day, but it still would have been nice to have a day to recoup before heading straight back to work, or at least getting in before midnight (there was a brief glorious few moments when we thought we had been bumped up to an earlier non-stop flight, but alas, 'twasn't meant to be).  But, um, I guess I can't complain about anything after such an amazing vacation.
This bed is kind of tiny.  Our big bed is one thing we had to look forward to back at home.
So we had a wonderful time, and Julie's first visit was a great experience.  My itch has been scratched!  It's nice to go back after all these years, see how things have changed, and how so many things are just the same as I remember.

When can we go back, Wife?!?*

* But seriously, I can wait if I must.  It's nice to know there's a Land so relatively nearby that we can visit when we get the itch again.  Which is going to happen in like six months.

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